What is a school board of trustees? 
Almost all state and state integrated schools in New Zealand have a board of trustees. School board membership includes parent representatives, a staff representative, a student representative (where there are students above year 9) and the principal. Your board may also include other types of trustees. Contact your school for more information on the composition of your school’s board. 

Who can become a trustee? 
Parents, caregivers and people from the wider community can put their name forward to be on a school board during the board of trustee elections. 

What do trustees do? 
The board is accountable to its parents and community and for student progress and achievement. Here are some specific things a board does: 
• Sets the strategic direction and plans for the school and monitors the school’s progress against them. 
• Monitors and evaluates student progress. 
• Oversees the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration. 
• Ensures that the educational needs and aspirations of Maori learners, Pasifika learners and learners with special learning and behaviour needs are identified, planned for and met. 
• Fulfils the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage. 
• Appoints and supports the principal and assesses their performance. 

What skills do trustees need? 
Trustees are active leaders in their schools and need to work well in a team, ask challenging questions and have good communications skills. Boards need a balance of skills and experiences around the table to ensure effective processes for planning, monitoring, reporting and reviewing of the school’s performance are in place. 

What help do school trustees get? 
New Zealand School Trustees Association provides free advice around employment and governance, support and resources. NZSTA also provides a variety of professional development opportunities for trustees.

2019 Board of Trustees Triennial Elections

EVENT         DATE

Close Main Roll Wednesday 8th May 2019

Call for Nominations by Friday 10th May 2019

Close Supplementary Roll Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Nominations Close Friday 24th May 2019

Voting Papers Sent by Wednesday 29th May 2019

Election Day Friday 7 June 2019

Count Votes Thursday 13th June 2019

Board Takes Office Friday 14th June 2019

Anyone interested in discussing this with a current board member is welcome to come for a chat on: 

Friday 10 May 1.45pm to 2.15pm or Monday 20 May 5pm to 6pm

Our current board was elected by our parent community in May 2016 and will serve until the next board of trustees elections in 2019.
Our board members are:
  • Trevor Harrison
  • Nayan Makan - chairperson
  • Simon Mowday
  • Leanne Todd 
  • Rachel Johnson - elected August 2018
Our meetings are open to visitors and if you would like to attend to observe please contact our board secretary Nadine at 

Should you wish to speak at a board meeting please contact our chairperson at to discuss this. 

The latest board communication and board chair speech can be viewed by accessing the links below.

Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. 

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc. 

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review. 

We invite you to visit the site at (note that there's no "www"!). Our username is hingaiapeninsula and password schooldocs. 
Copyright: Except where stated, the content on this site is the copyright of SchoolDocs Ltd. It may not be reproduced without written permission from SchoolDocs Ltd.

Our current charter can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Our annual report may be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Jane Bush,
Apr 30, 2019, 1:02 PM
Jane Bush,
May 31, 2019, 5:44 PM